It’s finally time: you decide to move into a new house or apartment! Although, there is one essential question when it comes to renovating your new place – what to do about the flooring?
When you ask several different people, there’s going to be several different opinions.
You might have already stumbled upon bamboo flooring, which has the looks and performance of exotic hardwood, but the good thing is: you can get it for less!
“How can that be, though?”, you might ask. Where is the catch?
We’re going to talk about 5 common misconceptions about bamboo flooring today (aka the things that whiny people make up just so they have something to complain about). So, let’s start:
1. It’s a Lie That Bamboo Flooring is Eco-Friendly
I can assure you, it is not a lie. Natural bamboo is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. Furthermore, it is the fastest growing plant on Earth and can be harvested every 3 years without damaging the plant. And for all the disbelievers who complain about the CO2 emission when it comes to shipping the bamboo from China to the United States, where do you think hardwoods like oak or mahagony are shipped from? Most of them originate in Europe and Africa, meaning there’s always going to be CO2 emission – no matter what kind of flooring you choose. So why not use one that can be easily recycled?
2. Bamboo is Soft and Sensitive Compared to Wood
When bamboo floors first hit the market in the 1990s, it was quickly noticeable that the material was easily scratched and was prone to denting. However, bamboo manufacturer have had plenty of time to improve their product and now can claim that it is one of the most sustainable flooring products on the market. Strand bamboo for example is 2x harder than the often used red oak. Nevertheless, you should always take good care of your product to guarantee a long endurance.
3. Bamboo Contains Formaldehyde
Although commonly used in the past, the green movement has created the NAUF (No Added Urea Formaldehyde) bamboo flooring. They contain minimal pending no amounts of formaldehyde. So, rest assured that your health is not at risk. The truth is, since it is a naturally-occuring chemical, formaldehyde can be found in almost every daily life product like apples or shampoo, but is not harmful consumed in a small amount.
4. It Only Comes in One Color
False. Due to the recent increase in demand for bamboo floors, manufacturers of the material have created a wide array of colors and tones, even textures, you can choose from. Nowadays, you can find any color that is available for woods also for bamboo. In addition to that, you can get plain bamboo planks and color them yourself, so there is absolutely no restriction set to your creativity and imagination of the perfect product.
5. It’s Too Expensive!
This misconception just doesn’t make any sense. Why would bamboo be more expensive than any hardwood, when it can grow roughly 16 times faster than wood, that can often take over 100 years to fully evolve? Therefore, you are able to find quality bamboo flooring for much less than their competitors.
Now that we have solved the 5 biggest myths about the “panda floors”, what is there to still further contemplate about? Bamboo floors have the performance of the traditional hardwood floors, yet they are much more affordable. If you’re looking for a fresh alternative to the conservative wood and carpet floors, you have found the perfect solution: recycled bamboo flooring!